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Anaheim TOP FIVE Written by quackquack - March 12th, 2012

Quick look at the Ducks brightest young stars!

1. Vladimir Tarasenko  RW

6' , 202 lbs

drafted 10th overall in the cmhl 2010 entry draft

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Tarasenko had a great 2011-12 in the KHL. Playing most of the year with his hometown team HC Sibir Novosibirsk , Tarasenko posted over a PPG average and played in the All Star Game until he was traded late to one of the league's powerhouses in St Petersburg. There getting mostly 4th line minutes Tarasenko continued to play well posting 9 points in 15 games and finishing 9th overall in league scoring. Skilled in skating, dekeing, shooting and playmaking, Tarasenko has all the makings of a classic Russian winger but what sets him apart is his grit and will to succeed.

 

2. Oliver Ekman-Larsson  D

6'2, 190 lbs

acquired in trade for Alex Frolov

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OEL seems to have all the makings of a future all star defenseman. Exceptional skating along with high hockey IQ and the ability to make plays Ekman-Larsson could earn a spot on the Ducks as early as next season. This year while on loan to the NHL, the lanky blueliner will likely finish with over 10 goals and 30 points while being among the leaders on the team in hits, blocked shots and takeaways also getting well over a minute per game on the penalty kill.

 

3. Sean Couturier  C

6'3, 197 lbs

acquired in trade for the 10th and 13th picks of the 2011 CMHL entry draft

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The Ducks are very high on Couturier and see the big center as the perfect piece behind Ryan Getzlaf. Although Couturier destroyed the QJMHL for a couple of seasons a lot of fans started turning sour on him around the draft but after making the Flyers, Sean has changed many minds. Although Couturier has only been averaging 13 minutes a game, 3 of those come on the PK and even with his limited minutes he is still on pace for 15 goals, 30 points and over 80 hits. Anaheim has no plans in signing Couturier until he is ready to make an impact in the CMHL at both ends of the ice.

 

4. Jacob Markstrom G

6'6, 196 lbs

acquired in trade for Cristobal Huet

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One of hockeys most hyped goaltending prospects Markstrom who dominated the mens league in Sweden for 2 years didnt have the greatest start to his north american career. Playing for a brutal club in San Antonio , Markstrom finished up his rookie season with a .907 save percentage and 2.98 GAA. This season Jacob has seemed to settled in a bit more posting a .917 save percentage to go along with a GAA thats a half a goal lower. Markstrom has also played 7 games with Florida in the NHL this year, posting a .923 save percentage and 2.66 GAA. Very competitve and mentally strong, Markstrom plays a butterfly game and also posseses a great glove. Still needs work on his rebounds, Jacob could be backing up Backstrom as early as next year.

 

 

5. Robin Lehner G

6'3, 220 lbs

drafted 39th overall in the 2009 CMHL entry draft

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Lehner is another big swedish goalie who has the potential to become a starter if he continues his development path. Played 22 games in the AHL last season as well as 8 with the Senators and also became the 3rd teenage goalie to win the AHL playoff MVP award besides Patrick Roy and Carey Price. This season Lehner has played in 5 games with the Sens posting a .935 save percentage and a GAA of 2 as well as playing over 30 games with Binghamton. Almost unbeatable down low, Lehner must continue to work on his consistency and rebound control if he wants to end up anywhere near his father's other student, Henrik Lundqvist.

 

 

 

 

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